Do you have those lightbulb moments, when you are doing your thing, and then boom, an idea hits you all of a sudden? Well, this happens quite often with me and food. I get all sorts of weird ideas and have to test them immediately.
This is exactly what happened with toasted oats breakfast pots.
I have notebooks everywhere, in the kitchen, on my desk, in my bag so I can at least try to capture all of those moments on paper. I say try because I’m not very good at lists or writing things down. I am one of those people that make a list and then forget that the list was made. It really doesn’t help, so I am trying to improve on that subject. Trying being the operative word here. Let’s just say it’s work in progress and I am very determined to finally develop this new habit. I just have too many ideas that disappear because I don’t write them down.
So, I was walking out of a kitchen and this idea of layered pudding but in breakfast form struck me. A lovely layered pudding.
But it had to be made in minutes. In a breakfast form. Healthy and nutritious. And it had to be very indulgent.
And yes, I made it happen. I made that list into toasted oats breakfast pots.
I am very excited to share this recipe because I know you will love this great breakfast as much as we do.
And P.S. it has been known for these breakfast pots to wander to a dessert part of the day as well. But we all know breakfast food can be eaten all day so it’s all good.
So when the idea of toasted oats breakfast pots hit me I just had to go back to the kitchen and try to make them. It was as well that it was 7 am and breakfast was definitely needed. So this recipe was tested in the trenches so to speak. I was figuring out this recipe as I was making it but the idea was so strong in my head that even with the extra time to develop the recipe it took me 25 minutes to put toasted oats breakfast pots together. And the rest is history. The recipe did not change since then. It’s that good and you have to try it.
There are 3 components to these pots – toasted oats, yogurt and chocolate mousse.
For the oats all you need are a dry pan and some heat. Toast the oats, seeds and cinnamon until slightly golden and smelling all nutty and toasty. It takes 5-8 minutes. Cinnamon just completes this combo, it gets even more amazing when toasted.
Yogurt is just plain greek yogurt. I would recommend using this kind. It’s thick, creamy and absolutely delicious. Go for the full fat and natural. Look at the label to avoid any added sugar. And yes, go for the full fat. If you are going to eat yogurt it’s best to get all the benefits from it. Otherwise, what’s the point.
And the chocolate mousse. It’s very chocolatey and it’s made from banana and pear! I know, completely counter-intuitive. Where is the chocolate, where is the cream! You don’t need it. Really. Just blend banana, pear, dates, cocoa powder and cinnamon and taste the magic that your blender just created.
Assemble the layers and dig in. Now, there is no polite way to eat these toasted oats breakfast pots. Dive right in with your spoon, cut through all those layers and enjoy. So, so good. I mean it. Go and make them right away!
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- TOASTED OATS:
- 4 tablespoons of oats (60g, ½ cup) - rolled oats, scottish porridge oats
- 1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds
- 1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon of flaxseed (or golden linseed)
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- CHOCOLATE MOUSSE:
- 1 banana
- 1 sweet pear
- 4 dates
- 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
- half a teaspoon of cinnamon
- natural yogurt to serve (I recommend full fat greek yogurt)
- TOASTED OATS: heat a pan on medium heat. Add oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, and cinnamon. Toast for 5-8 minutes, stirring frequently until mixture is slightly darker and smelling intensly of cinnamon.
- CHOCOLATE MOUSSE: add peeled banana, cored, roughly chopped pear with skin on, dates, cocoa powder and cinnamon to the blender and blend until smooth.
- ASSEMBLY: In a glass add a layer of warm toasted oats (1-2 tablespoons), a layer of yogurt (1-2 teaspoons) and a layer of chocolate mousse (1-2 tablespoons). Repeat until you run out of toasted oats and chocolate mousse.